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As Brittany Eldridge's family pleaded for justice the day after her murder, Norman Clark stood right next to them.

"If there's anybody here that knows anything about what happened please come forward," Velma Smith, Eldridge's cousin, said at her 2011 candlelight vigil. "She didn't deserve to go this way."

Clark lit a candle at the vigil in Brittany's honor. The day before, her mother found the 25-year-old strangled and stabbed in her Northwest Knoxville apartment after she didn't show up for work. She was two weeks away from giving birth to a boy she named Zeke. Clark was the father.

Two and a half years later, Knoxville Police announced the 32-year-old from Knoxville is responsible.

Clark has been charged with one count of first-degree murder for the death of Eldridge and one count of felony murder for the death of her 8 and a half month old child.

"We'd been keeping up with him from the time of the homicide. He was our number one suspect," KPD Captain Nate Allen said.

Allen said the felony murder count was charged because the child was viable, and capable of living outside the womb. He added DNA and other evidence linked Clark to the scene.

Allen said KPD spoke with Clark on numerous occasions and claimed he was cooperating.

"Not being very truthful and upfront with all the information that's needed for the case then that's not being very cooperative," Allen said.

Since her death, Brittany's family has fought to preserve her memory.

"It gives me a huge relief knowing she's in heaven looking down on us not only as an angel but seeing what we're doing in her memory," said Robin Owens, her mother

The family started the Brittany and Zeke Foundation and collect bears to hand out in honor of baby Zeke.

Clark is being held on a $1 million bond.

Web extra: Norman Clark perp walk

Norman Clark has been charged with murder for the death of Brittany Eldridge and her unborn child. 5-14-14

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